It’s that time of year again: Making New Year’s resolutions.
This year I’m excited to offer something I really believe will help anyone looking to make serious improvement:
A lot of people trying to achieve goals–in business, fitness, language, whatever–don’t have any kind of written plan. I think that’s a mistake, because putting stuff in writing really helps focus your efforts.
And a common reason why people don’t bother to put ideas on paper? They’re so overwhelmed at the thought of creating a long, complicated document that they don’t even try.
But a plan put down on paper doesn’t have to be long to be useful.
In fact, a short document that you can easily create and reference forces you to identify what is important about what you need to be doing.
I’ve put together a document that you can print out and then fill in. You can access the PDF at this link: One-Page Language Plan.
Here’s an example I’ve filled in:
Takes five minutes, tops, to fill in the form. I recommend doing one for each language you’re learning.
Is this plan comprehensive? Does it flesh out all the details of what I’ll be doing in the coming year? Naw, not at all.
But that’s not what this is for. Filling out the template forced me to take a few minutes to examine where I’m at, what’s most important about what I’m doing, and what I need to be doing in the coming year.
I can use this info to see what I need to give more thought to. For instance, maybe I should be finding a few more materials, or maybe my goal of “conversational ease” is a little vague, so I need to give it more thought.
If you’re looking for ideas to fill in that strategies spot, check out:
- My free Language Steroids course
- My book, Language Master Key
- The Language Learning Quick Start Guide
Happy New Year!